Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Heather to Sue Divorce Lawyers as They Pursue Her for [Pounds Sterling]2m Unpaid Fees; (1)Legal Split: Heather Mills Leaving the Mishcon De Reya Offices in Holborn with Her Former Divorce Lawyer Anthony Julius (2)Face to Face Sir Paul Will Be Back in Court

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Heather to Sue Divorce Lawyers as They Pursue Her for [Pounds Sterling]2m Unpaid Fees; (1)Legal Split: Heather Mills Leaving the Mishcon De Reya Offices in Holborn with Her Former Divorce Lawyer Anthony Julius (2)Face to Face Sir Paul Will Be Back in Court

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Byline: ROBERT MENDICK

HEATHER MILLS is set to sue her former divorce lawyers for bad adviceeven though she already owes them [pounds sterling]2 million in fees.

The latest legal action comes as Ms Mills prepares to go face-to-face with herestranged husband Sir Paul McCartney for a dramatic five-day divorce hearingthat will decide how much she receives from his estimated [pounds sterling]825 million fortune.

Ms Mills, 40, will represent herself at the High Court hearing, which begins onMonday, having split from her divorce lawyers Mishcon de Reya. Insolvencylawyers at Mishcons are now pursuing Ms Mills for almost 20 months of unpaidbills and are expected to launch a legal action in the next two weeks.

But a source close to Ms Mills said she would resist any claim and counter sue,embroiling the former topless model, who lost a leg when hit by a policemotorcycle, in yet more legal action.

A source close to Ms Mills told the Evening Standard: "There is a possibilityof Heather Mills counter-suing. Whatever she owes Mishconswhether it's [pounds sterling]1 million or [pounds sterling]2 millionone would have expected her to get something for it and one fails to see whatthey [Mishcons] got her. There has been no divorce settlement and no outcomeover all this time so draw your own conclusion as to the service she receivedfrom Mishcons." The accusations baffled lawyers at Mishcons, one of Britain'stop divorce firms, which found itself frustrated in trying to reach asettlement in a divorce case which grew increasingly acrimonious.

Sources said the firm will defend the advice it gave Ms Mills and suggestedlawyers were frustrated that she often refused to take the legal advice given.

The slur will raise eyebrows as Ms Mills was being represented by AnthonyJulius, the Mishcon litigator who also handled Princess Diana's divorce fromPrince Charles and whose wife died from cancer in October.

Mishcons has now put the matter into the hands of its head of insolvency Faceto face: Sir Paul

Danny Davies, who specialises in the "maximisation of business recovery". …

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